Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The union asked Goodell to remove himself from that role because it said he lacked impartiality and that Goodell would be called as a witness. NFL lawyers, however, have recommended to Goodell that he should not recuse himself.
North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the ''lengthy'' notice and will release it publicly ''as soon as possible'' after redactions to comply with privacy laws. ''We take these allegations very seriously, and we will carefully evaluate them to respond within the NCAA's 90-day deadline,'' they said.
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick has the raise he sought by skipping the first two weeks of voluntary offseason workouts with the Dallas Cowboys. It's the second time in three years the Cowboys have reworked contract terms for Scandrick, who showed up last week to talk to team executives and has been working out with the team this week. Dallas' best cornerback last year, Scandrick was to make just $1.5 million this season, which was set to be fourth among the team's cornerbacks once first-round pick Byron Jones of Connecticut signed.
After winning two titles in three weeks, Rory McIlroy ran out of steam. McIlroy missed the cut at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Friday after an erratic 6-over 78 at the European Tour's flagship event. A week after winning the Wells Fargo Championship by seven shots, the top-ranked Northern Irishman made six bogeys and a double bogey on the par-four 11th, leaving him at 5-over 149 and four strokes outside the cutline.
Michael Sam has found a pro football job. Sam, the first openly gay player drafted in the NFL, signed a two-year contract Friday with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league. General manager Jim Popp considered Sam's sexuality a nonissue.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games on Friday for having a foreign substance on his right arm during a game at Atlanta. Major League Baseball said Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Smith will be available for Friday night's game at the Braves.
The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris. There were ''oohs'' and ''aahs'' in the auditorium as defending women's champion Maria Sharapova plucked out Nadal's name to set up another potential blockbuster encounter with top-ranked Novak Djokovic.
Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll's status would be a game-time decision. The practice was closed to the media, but Carroll's knee was heavily wrapped and he walked with a slight limp on his way back to the locker room.
Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled. The New York Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL's top goalies is at a loss to explain why. If Lundqvist and his teammates can't find answers in a hurry, their chances of overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals don't appear good.